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Chinese cars star at Munich auto show, underscoring German economic woes

By Melissa Eddy

05 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. German automakers are falling behind in the global race to produce electric vehicles, with Chinese carmakers such as BYD overtaking traditional brands like Volkswagen in terms of sales and innovation.

MUNICH — For decades, the phrase “Made in Germany” signaled cutting-edge automotive technology and design. But now German automakers are falling behind in the global race to produce more electric vehicles, and some executives are using a new catchphrase to describe how quickly they need to catch up: “China speed.”

The term reflects the rapid transformation of the Chinese car industry into a battery-powered juggernaut. And that speed was on display Monday at IAA Mobility, a massive auto show in Munich, with newcomers from China stealing the show.

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